Come and Visit us at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2023

  Visit Additive-X on our Stand E185 If you are attending Southern Manufacturing & Electronics 2023 Additive-X is exhibiting and we would love you to come and visit us on our stand E185! We’ll have a selection of state-of-the-art desktop 3D printers on show, and our experts will be around to discuss them. Southern Manufacturing …

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What Is Metal 3D Printing and How Does It Work?

While CNC machining and casting are traditional manufacturing methods for metal parts, metal 3D printing offers an alternative way by extruding high content metal filament or solidifying metal powder on a build plate. As an additive process, 3D printing requires no part-specific tools or moulds other than supports printed during production. 3D printing is a …

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How To Choose the Best 3D Printing Resin for Your Projects?

Rather than extruding thermoplastic in layers, stereolithography (SLA) 3D printers cure layers of liquid resin with a laser on the build platform to create solid models. Resins are liquid polymers that mimic the performance of thermoplastics or have a one-use purpose, like jewellery casting. The significant advantage of SLA is the laser is not restricted …

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The Best Sculpting Software for 3D Modelling in 2023

Just as sculptors take clay and manipulate it, digital sculptors work with a computer, mouse, and software to produce 3D models.  3D sculpting software bridges the gap between physical sculpting and 3D modelling, letting artists sculpt 3D objects by pushing, pulling, smoothing, grabbing, and pinching digitised clay to produce real-life models in software. While 3D …

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How To Overcome The Most Common 3D Printing Failures

Failures are part and parcel of 3D printing, especially early on as you hone your skills. However, design challenges and spontaneous hardware hiccups and catch professional out too.  While there’s no way to guarantee zero failures, you can reduce them by knowing the common causes and acting on them. For example, bed adhesion is the …

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Cumbria Police Trials 3D Printed Police Dog Headcams

Cumbria Police’s dog unit is trialling helmet-mounted cameras on dogs to collect evidence during operations and give handlers live intel on the ground. Police dogs are trained to assist the police with apprehending suspects, detecting drugs, searching for evidence, and providing crime deterrence and protection. Still, there needs to be more information between what the …

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How To Choose the Right 3D Printing File Format

Some 3D printing file formats hold more information than others, giving your 3D printer more detailed instructions. Whether this is beneficial depends on what you are printing and your desired specifications.  For example, STL is the most common 3D printing file format because it works for simple models but only contains external surface and shape …

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5 Tips to Choose the Strongest 3D Printing Material

When 3D-printed parts need maximum strength, factors that matter include 3D printer settings, part orientation, and material choice.  While each factor is critical to strength, material choice is arguably the most important because it defines the part’s mechanical characteristics. Choosing the strongest 3D printing material requires delving into technical data sheets to compare filaments and working …

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